Without a doubt, none of us were prepared for this crisis. COVID 19 has emerged as a black swan event, not just for the oil and gas industry but various other sectors. If we talk about the impact of corona pandemic on the oil and gas industry, with negative oil prices for the very first time in history, we are in an entirely unchartered territory. The job scenario also looks grim with rising layoffs and unemployment. Fighting this black swan is not going to be easy but we got to put up a fight, to the best of our abilities. We will be discussing some of the challenges in your oil and gas career that started with the corona outbreak. This industry has been through a lot and even today, with resilience and courage, we all will get through. Here are some suggestions to help you thrive through this crisis and identify the bright spots.
Career Challenges with COVID 19: Here’s what you can do?
Keeping Spirits Up
Easier said than done. I understand. With zero dollar oil and millions of job losses, you do not have enough reasons to keep your spirits up. But understanding, we have no control over this situation, you can only work on what’s under your control. Here’s what you can look forward to:
Connect with people, build your network: In the oil and gas community, it’s more about who you know rather what you know. This is a people’s industry and a lot is based on your relationship with them.
Learn about the Industry: With a novel situation before the industry, it is in your best interest that you expand your knowledge about this sector. Look up and read about such black swan events that have impacted the industry in the past. Understand the lessons from the past. The more you learn about the industry, the better your prospects about a great career in oil and gas.
With the rising layoffs, job losses, and companies reluctant on hiring, it is only natural to think if job hunting would help in any way. There is a lot of anxiety and panic, particularly among students who are recent graduates and also, whose appointment letter has been put on hold. These are tough times. To help you navigate your career through COVID 19, Energy Dais is organizing a webinar on April 30th, 7 pm IST. Our panelists will help you understand the impact of the corona outbreak on your career and how you can respond effectively to this crisis. In case, you miss the webinar, the recording will be released on YouTube on the Energy Dais channel.
(Explore Oil and Gas Job Portal by Energy Dais.)
Being Productive while Working from home
With the corona pandemic and the measure to contain the spread of the virus, an experiment started on a global level, that of mass remote working. Almost immediately, everyone started adjusting to the new reality.
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It is important that you recognize that with any change comes a temporary loss of productivity. This also includes positive events like office renovation, moving to a better office space, or changing jobs after a promotion. In fact, these situations are even more distracting.
While working from home, change your work routine to better suit your current situation. Do your best to set up your workspace and structure your time so that you can focus on what matters most. Adjusting to the new arrangement can be a bit difficult in the beginning but gradually, you will settle into it, till things get back to normal.
Adjusting to Online Meetings
When you are used to doing things in-person, conducting meetings, doing business, and team-building online can be challenging. Especially when you’re used to doing things in-person. It’s not only about the technology, but also embracing the new normal of communication.
Make sure that you communicate with others virtually. Do not miss out on daily scrums and even have fun sessions with your team. If you are not working yet, this is a great time to connect with people and meet them online for professional guidance.
Even while being in the virtual meeting room, do not lose your creative energy, inspiration, and original thoughts. Translate them creatively in your virtual communications. Understand what works for you and make the most of this time.
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We are in this together
These are unprecedented times and we want you to know that you are not alone. I will be covering and talking about the various challenges in your career in the times to come and help you navigate through COVID 19.
I would like you to look for the bright spots and make the most of this opportunity.
Meanwhile, stay tuned, keep learning, keep growing, and keep moving forward.
(The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of Energy Dais.)